CTV's Canada AM to sign off on Friday
Published Thursday, June 2, 2016 9:52AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, June 2, 2016 5:51PM EDT
After more than four decades on the air, CTV's Canada AM will broadcast its final episode on Friday, June 3.
The morning show's farewell episode will acknowledge its long history and pay tribute to hosts Beverly Thomson, Marci Ien and Jeff Hutcheson. Fans are invited to participate in the show's final broadcast by sharing their memories and best wishes on the Canada AM Facebook page, or by tweeting to @CTVCanadaAM.
"We are incredibly thankful to our viewers from coast-to-coast-to-coast who have been with us on this journey and a heartfelt part of our TV family all these years," Thomson, Ien and Hutcheson said in a joint statement on Thursday. "We are extremely proud of Canada AM. It has been our privilege to be part of this historic Canadian series that brought us the opportunity to work with such an incredible team."
CTV News Channel will simulcast in Canada AM's 6-9 a.m. timeslot beginning on Monday. CTV says it will announce a new program for the timeslot next week.
"As the television landscape continues to evolve, so too must our programming," Randy Lennox, Bell Media's president of Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, said in a statement. "We look forward to building upon the success of Canada AM as we move forward."
Canada AM first hit the airwaves on Sept. 11, 1972 as Canada’s first morning television news program and ran for 43 seasons.
Jeff Hutcheson joined the show on a full-time basis in 1998, followed by Bev Thomson in 2003. Marci Ien started with the show as a news anchor in 2003, before becoming a co-host in 2011.
Hutcheson announced last month that he will be retiring this summer. Thomson will move over to CTV News Channel, while Ien will develop new projects with Bell Media In-House Productions.
Many notable CTV broadcasting greats have spent time with the show, including Lisa LaFlamme, Sandie Rinaldo, Craig Oliver, Tom Clark and Seamus O'Regan.
The announcement prompted swift reaction on social media from fans of the show. Many of them said Canada AM was a regular part of their morning routine.
My school mornings featured @CTVCanadaAM as long as I could remember. I knew I could sleep till weather started and still make the bus.— Rob (@Tarpo) June 2, 2016
@CTVCanadaAM Terrible news. Will miss seeing your beautiful faces in the morning.— Eva (@Tea_RedRose) June 2, 2016
@CTVCanadaAM This news makes me so sad :'( I really will miss watching you guys in the mornings.— Michelle Clark (@MSC_63) June 2, 2016
@CTVCanadaAM— Tina-Louise Cassidy (@YouDoWhatISay) June 2, 2016
Will you come hang with me every morning?
@CTVCanadaAM Thank you for 40 years of everthing! Best wishes on the next stages of your lives.— Jeremy (@Jer_Godfrey) June 2, 2016